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PPMP Site Analysis

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Cheri Ruane

on 28 July 2016

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Transcript of PPMP Site Analysis

Summary: drainage is in good condition, continue routine maintenance, some areas of surface puddling
Opportunity: increase water treatment prior to discharge into the river, improve coverage site-wide
Summary: sewer is in good condition, continue routine maintenance
Opportunity: improve facilities at Four Tree Island and at the Shaw Warehouse
July 13, 2016
Summary of Work:
Interviews with staff
Inspections of systems + structures
Review of record documentation
Site visits and observation
Summary: water service is in good condition, including new line to South Docks, two irrigation systems are aging and have limited coverage
Opportunity: improve efficiencies and coverage for irrigation
Summary: electrical distribution is varied and aging, most points of service are in good condition, main unit is one of the oldest in the park, service to North Dock and concession building are new
Opportunity: consolidate service and supply lines to increase efficiency in power distribution, review renewable energy potential
Summary: historic structures are architectural assets, will remain stable with ongoing maintenance that mitigates aging members and marine exposure
Opportunity: Sheafe for historic interpretation and public access, Shaw for continued park support, office and storage, Marine Railway status quo
Summary: seawalls are in fair to poor condition with visible signs of settlement along capstones and adjacent pavements, continued annual repair and maintenance are required
Opportunity: review shoreline armoring strategy as it relates to sea level rise as well as improved access to the water
Summary: piers vary in condition from aging wood piers in poor condition to the new south docks
Opportunity: consider piers an extension of the park's passive open space out over the water
Summary: these elements are treasures within the park, include a myriad of plaques and engravings that communicate park and city history
Opportunity: reconsider location and treatment of Hovey Fountain based on original conditions, restore/fortify/protect Liberty Pole and sculptures
Summary: specimen trees are scattered amongst a bevy of invasive Norway Maples, some of which are in decline
ornamental annual and perennial plantings are beautiful and resource intensive
Opportunity: design a healthy urban forestry strategy with hardy, diverse, non-invasive species that will succeed as the older trees decline
consider consolidating ornamental horticulture to special places within the park
Summary: mature shade trees and waterfront location afford the park a variety of microclimatic conditions and amazing views
Opportunity: leverage these existing conditions to create high quality open space experiences
Summary: wildly varied selection of each site element, full spectrum of levels of repair and maintenance requirements
Opportunity: develop a unique and fitting palette of furnishings that resonates the identity of Prescott Park and eases operational and maintenance burden
Summary: edge treatments have a significant effect on visual impressions of the park, they are widely varied in aesthetic, function, and condition
Opportunity: Establish a consistent language of fencing that eases operations and maintenance while supporting the park's identity
Summary: as a waterfront open space resource, Prescott Park is both vulnerable to and a potential defense of sea level rise and other climate change implications
Opportunity: identify greatest risks and protect existing assets, offer greatest benefits to the park and surrounding neighborhood through resiliency strategies (expand response times, fortify existing water interfaces)
Design considerations:
current pedestrian patterns
waterfront access
hierarchy of circulation
spatial continuity
Operations + Maintenance:
Prescott Park is a special place
The variety of experience offered here requires resources that are greater than a "typical public open space"
Next Steps:
Feedback from BRC on findings presented today / 2 weeks
Ensure "ground-truthing" of both real and perceived physical conditions / 2 weeks
Programming analysis of current permitted park usage / 3 weeks
Determination of appropriate programming for Prescott Park / 4 weeks
Conceptual design / 6 weeks

Summary: pavement types vary from asphalt to brick and stonedust / gravel to bluestone and are in wide range of conditions
Opportunity: use material selections to define circulation hierarchy, special areas on site, and create a universally accessible system
historic buildings
site furnishings/edges
climate change

Prescott Park Site Analysis
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